Archive for May, 2018

ORTIGOZA: P6 K  per voter for a P10 K monthly post

I met recently BIR Examiner X. Nope, we ain’t talked about the nitty-gritty of tax collection, but the rough and tumble politics of Barangay Z in town W, Pangasinan where he was one of the kingmakers and vote raisers whenever politicians seek his help.

When he saw my article on my blog, he corrected me that it was not P2,500 per voter given by a moneyed bet for the Punong Barangay (village chief) but it reached to almost P6,000 per head there.


“He was pitted with a seasoned village chief groomed by a mayor to be the president of the League of Barangays,” he stressed.

My source referred to a position we tritely call ABC President or a post that is equivalent to a town councilor. (more…)

May 27, 2018 at 10:11 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL:  Isang dekada na kami!

Sampung taon na kami sa pamamahayag at papasok na sa unang taon ng ikalawang dekada. Maraming mga naging suliranin din ang aming naranasan. Sa loob ng isang dekada, naranasan din namin na kami ay naihabla ng libelo dahil sa makatotohanang paglalahad sa mga nangyayari sa ating lalawigang Pangasinan. Sa awa ng Diyos nalampasan namin ito.Image result for one decade

 Naranasan din namin na tawagin ang aming pansin dahil may mga tao na hindi nagustuhan ang isinulat naming pangulong tudling o editorial. Sabihin ba naman sa amin na wala raw nagbabasa sa Northern Watch, pero nasaktan sila sa aming isinulat. Mayroon din yong tumatawag sa aming pansin na mga pulitiko na kung bakit kritikal daw ang aming isinusulat tungkol sa kanila.

 Sa ganang amin, ang pamamahayag ay isang krusada sa katotohanan. Nagbubukas ito ng kaisipan ng mga taong nagbabasa sa aming mga balita, komentaryo at kuro-kuro. Walang personal na nangingibabaw sa aming pagtalakay ng mga balita. Ang Northern Watch ay tumatayo sa tatlong pamantayan ng pamamahayag- katotohanan (truth), makatwiran o patas (fairness) at tapang (courage). Ito ang aming mga batayan sa pagbibigay namin ng mga balita at komentaryo. Kung minsan, may mga isyu na hindi inilalabas ng mga kasamahan naming mamamahayag sa kanilang mga pahayagan, at kami lang ang may tapang na naglabas ito para sa kapakanan ng mga sumusubaybay sa aming pahayagan. (more…)

May 27, 2018 at 10:01 pm Leave a comment

Bayambang conducts public hearing on CLUP, Zoning Ordinance

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 BAYAMBANG- To elicit the support of the residents of this town on the proposed updated Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Zoning Ordinance, the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) conducted a public hearing on May 23 at the Balon Bayambang Events Center.

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BIG TICKET PROJECT – Bayambang, Pangasinan Mayor Cezar T. Quiambao discusses with Senator Cynthia Villar and National Economics Development Authority Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia  the P399 Million Bayambang Irrigation Project to service more than 2,000 hectares of farmland in the Central Pangasinan’s town. The discussion was a preliminary for the endorsement of NEDA to a possible funding of a loan from the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

 The hearing was presided over by Councilor Amory M. Junio,  chair of SB Committee on Land Utilization, Zoning, Town Planning and Housing. He was assisted by Vice-Chairman Councilor Junie J. Angeles together with Councilors Ma. Catalina E. De Vera and Benjamin Francisco S. De Vera.

 The proposed municipal ordinance is entitled, “An Ordinance Adopting the Integrated Zoning Regulations of the Municipality of Bayambang and Providing for the Administration, Enforcement, and Amendment Thereof and for the Repeal of All Ordinances in Conflict Therewith” and the accompanying proposed resolution entitled “Resolution Adopting the 10-Year Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) 2018-2027 of the Municipality of Bayambang.” (more…)

May 27, 2018 at 9:53 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Rigodon of leadership at the Senate

There’s now a new Senate President. Senator Tito Sotto of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) took over the reins of the Senate upon the endorsement of the majority of the senators. Senate President Koko Pimentel of PDP-Laban has relinquished his post without qualms and even endorsed Sotto as the new president.


 With the new leadership at the Senate, we will expect also the new chairs of the various Senate Committees. Of course, Pimentel will be given committees to lead or be a member of. What’s amusing is that Sen. Migz Zubiri will take the helm of majority floor leader. Remember that Zubiri was unseated by Pimentel as a senator on August 3, 2011 due to the latter’s electoral protest. This means that in the Senate, there are no permanent leadership because of political alliances. (more…)

May 27, 2018 at 9:46 pm Leave a comment

SM launches 60th anniversary celebrations

SM launched its 60th Anniversary celebrations by lighting up the iconic Mall of Asia globe, and with it, starting off a series of exciting 60 themed visual attractions, fun experiences, and interactive activities for its customers from May to October in SM malls nationwide.

 The SM story began in 1958 when founder Henry Sy, Sr. opened the first Shoemart store in downtown Manila, introducing exciting new merchandising and retailing concepts.  At that time, Mr. Sy, who has been honored as the Father of Philippine Retail by the Philippine Retailers Association, thought that if he could sell a pair of shoes to every Filipino, he could be a successful man.

In the 1960s, Shoemart expanded its shoe store chain and became one of the pioneers in the new urban centers in Makati and Cubao. (more…)

May 27, 2018 at 9:43 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: 6th District Politiko for Pangasinan Governor!

CELESTE BALIK ESPINO. Sa 2019 pa ang national at local elections pero maliwanag na habang ginaganap ang barangay at SK elections ay kumikilos na ang mga pulitiko na ang dulo ay ang panalo sa 2019.

 Ang political dynasty ng pamilyang Celeste ay bumalik na sa naghaharing dynasty ng Espino sa pulitika sa Pangasinan.


 Matatandaan na ang buong dynasty ng Celeste ay bumaklas sa Espino dynasty at sila ay pumanig sa Mark Cojuangco for Governor noong 2016 elections.

 Isinama ng mga Celeste ang lahat ng mayors ng first district ng Pangasinan para sa Mark Cojuangco for Governor. (more…)

May 27, 2018 at 9:37 pm Leave a comment



MISS MAGIC. Bea Theresa Maynigo (center) of Calasiao is this year’s Miss Magic. She was also best in Swimsuit, Gown and Miss Photogenic. Other winners are from left; Trisha Jana Leoncio, 4th runner-up; Ghelsy Reign Ravago, 2nd runner-up; Princess Nicolas, 1st runner-up; and Cindy Javate, 3rd runner-up. The pageant was held at Calasiao Sports ComplexWILLIE LOMIBAO

May 25, 2018 at 2:23 pm Leave a comment

Comelec suspends proclamation of barangay, SK candidates

 DAGUPAN CITY – The Commission on Elections has suspended the proclamation of barangay and Sanguniang Kabataan candidates if they won, and suspends the effects of proclamation if they  have been proclaimed.

The Omnibus Orders issued by Comelec First Division cited strong evidence that material misrepresentation of their eligibility has been made in their certificates of candidacy.

The erring candidates are mostly candidates for SK positions and the violation are on eligibility as to age, Pangasinan Provincial Election Supervisor Marino Salas said.  
He said there were at least 20 suspended candidates, but he sill has to be furnished with a complete list.

Initial list of the suspended candidates are Nelson Rabaja Jr. (SK chair) of Barangay Lauren, Umingan town), Ernesto Rabi Davila Jr. (SK kagawad of barangay Catablan, Urdaneta City), Mark Paulo Ysmael Barcase (Barangay Andangin, Mangatarem), Jimmy Leal Benitez ( SK kagawad, Salapingao, Dagupan City),  Edlyn Acosta Lucena (SK kagawad, Bantog, San Quintin).  

 Salas said there were no reports yet if the candidates won.

There are more suspended candidates, but Salas said the Omnibus Orders are directly given to the municipal election officers and he has not received copies of the orders yet.

May 25, 2018 at 2:14 pm Leave a comment


Kap Perez

 Siblings John Paul Rodas Perez, 23, and Jhe Rodas Perez, 19, who just won last May 14 polls the seat of the punong barangay (village chief) and the chairmanship of the Sangguniang Kabataan in Barangay Cabilocaan in Calasiao, Pangasinan, respectively, stand prominently at the platform of their All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) to lead the motorcade of their slate and supporters just before the 2018 Barangay & Sangguniang Kabataan Election (BSKE).
The village has 1,700 voters according to John Paul.
The two are children of San Manuel, Pangasinan Mayor Alain Jerico S. Perez. John Paul defeated seasoned Punong Barangay Cesar Legaspi in  most well- funded election campaign the village and probably the town ever witnessed.
Both candidates of the top village post used drones to spy on each other in their nine day campaign. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

May 25, 2018 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment

Elected kap accuses rival of ignorance

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 DAGUPAN CITY – A newly elected barangay chairman here blamed the ignorance of his rival on how to run a village as based on laws.

Re-elected Lucao Punong Barangay (village chief) Marcelino Fernandez exposed the lack of knowledge of his lone opponent when the latter promised to the 4,700 voters that 50 percent of the budget yearly will be used to purchase a lot where a barangay hall will be erected, and the other 50 percent of the next year’s budget will be used for the construction of the edifice.

 “He did not know how to govern a village,” Fernandez, who is the ex-officio councilor of this city, assailed rival Gerry Claveria. (more…)

May 25, 2018 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment

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